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08/08/11
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Mary Hendrick dies  Mary Hendrick, mother of Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, passed away Monday afternoon at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Mrs. Hendrick, a native of Palmer Springs, Va., was 88. Fondly referred to as “Miss Mary,” Mrs. Hendrick was the car owner of the No. 25 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 2005-2007.

In 2008, she became the owner of the #5 Chevy. She won seven races as a car owner, with Mark Martin notably recording five of those wins during the 2009 season. That year, Martin drove the #5 Chevy to a runner-up finish in the championship standings, giving Mrs. Hendrick her best season as a car owner.

In June 2004, Gov. Mike Easley presented Papa Joe and Mary Hendrick with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine -- the state of North Carolina’s highest honor bestowed on a citizen for dedication and extended length of service to his or her organization. The family requests privacy at this time as arrangements are being finalized. Hendrick Motorsports PR
08/08/11
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Dangerous Pacific Raceways redevelopment plan seeks fan support  UPDATE Funny Car driver Ron Capps said track conditions at Pacific Raceways are "dangerous and an embarrassment for fans" at the NHRA Northwest Nationals this weekend.

Capps, coming off a victory last weekend at Sonoma, Calif., said the track needs to be resurfaced to reach acceptable professional drag racing standards.

"I hate to be the guy, but somebody has to step up and talk about this," Capps said the first round of qualifying Friday. "This is one of my favorite places to come. I got my first win here and I love the Pacific Northwest. The fans are great, but this is an embarrassment for the fans. They have to completely resurface the track.

"We didn't see a single side-by-side pass in that [first] round. Only two cars made it down under power in Funny Car. It should have been awesome in these [cool and cloudy] conditions. We should have seen tracks records." More ...

08/08/11
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Diverse INDYCAR Schedule Requires Planning  At first blush, one stretch of the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule stood out to KV Racing Technology-Lotus’ Tom Wurtz.

“Definitely versatile,” he said of the back-to-back-to-back races on an airport circuit, a natural-terrain road course and a short oval.

Wurtz, and other team managers, are charged with the preparation of the cars for the variety pack of events throughout the year and transportation. There’s additional travel involved from the Indianapolis shop for the three transporters in this four-week span – round trip for the race in Edmonton, Alberta (July 24); round trip for the race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Aug. 7); round trip for the race in Loudon, N.H. (Aug. 14). More ...

08/08/11
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Mid-Ohio finish could be good sign for Hunter-Reay  
Ryan Hunter-Reay at Mid-Ohio
Ryan Hunter-Reay hasn't had the luckiest 2011, but after two podium finishes in his last three races, things may just be turning around for the Floridian.

"I'm just really happy to have a nice, solid weekend and a solid finish, finishing third," Hunter-Reay said after finishing behind Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. "The Andretti Autosport DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop guys did such a good job in the pits and gave me a great car."

Hunter-Reay has shown the flashes of the success that helped him finish seventh in the IZOD IndyCar Series this year, but he's hasn't had the finishes to match his qualifying success until he put together a complete race weekend. More ...

08/08/11
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Katherine Legge Sizzles at 815 Photo Shoot  GRand Solutions recently completed a full fashion production for our client, INDYCAR driver Katherine Legge.  As part of our growing list of services, we will soon be offering lifestyle production to our team and athlete services portfolios.

Ms. Legge came to us with a request to capture the fashion side of her brand, which included both photography and videography.  We secured the location and arranged for professional hair, makeup, fashion styling, art direction, photo crew, video crew, and post production.  The resulting products are a full portfolio of professional images to include in marketing presentations, along with a “sizzle video” from the shoot, capturing the behind-the-scenes production.

Sneak a peek inside Katherine Legge’s photo shoot:

08/08/11
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2012 IndyCar hits track at Mid-Ohio  
There weren't any speeches or pyrotechnics. No fanfare whatsoever, save for a few seconds of self-conscious applause. But the broad smiles of individuals involved in getting the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series car on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for its initial test session neatly summed up the day.

Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon, as is his custom, patted the black and red-striped Dallara Automobili-built chassis with the road/street course prototype body kit three times before climbing into the generous cockpit for the first of 12 scheduled days of itemized evaluation on three road course and three ovals.

A few minutes later, the roar of the 3.5-liter normally-aspirated V-8 engine as cars exited the appropriately-named Thunder Alley less than 24 hours earlier during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio was replaced by the smooth, higher-pitched sound of the 2.2-liter turbocharged Honda V-6 engine that will be among the three (Honda, Chevrolet and Lotus) implemented for the 2012 season. More ...
08/08/11
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Johnson calls Kurt Busch a crybaby and smartass  Kurt Busch thought it was just hard racing. Jimmie Johnson thought it was unnecessary. But both of them can agree on one thing: They don’t like each other, and even less after they traded side-swipes on the final lap of the Good Sam 500 at Pocono Raceway. Busch won the battle by finishing third, a spot ahead of Johnson.

“If a five-time champion doesn’t know how to race, forgive me,” Busch said about Johnson. “I was racing hard.”

This is not the first incident between the two drivers, who have a long history of run-ins, including at Pocono last year and then in 2009 at Infineon Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway.

“He’s a big crybaby and wants to take shots at me when he can,” Johnson said. “He’s good for running his mouth. He can keep running it. I’ll shut it for him.” More ...
08/08/11
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IndyCar shakedown begins today  Don't call it testing, Dan Wheldon said Sunday of IndyCar's new car which will debut today at Mid-Ohio.

"It's a shakedown," he said.

Only a few people have seen the car, which was built in Parma, Italy, with finishing touches applied in Indianapolis. Today's session will be closed to the public, although photographs likely will leak out because there will be people at the track when the car rolls out.

Wheldon, the Indianapolis 500 winner chosen to drive the car in the first six weeks of testing, said he has been sworn to secrecy about the program. More ...
08/08/11
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Latest F1 news in brief  
  • Schumacher admits eyeing return to retirement
  • Alonso says Newey 'genius' overrated
  • Silver Pirelli tire 'too hard' for F1
  • Massa successor to be 'talented youngster'
  • Ferrari to switch focus to 2012 in September
  • Schumacher criticism 'bad for F1' - Villeneuve
  • Italian newspaper gives Vettel perfect 10
  • 'Not true' McLaren copy Red Bull ideas - Hamilton
  • Barrichello willing to sign new Williams deal
  • HRT has no plans to re-join FOTA alliance
  • India 'not happy' with new 2012 race date
  • Liegate's Dave Ryan returns to racing
  • F1 return for Mexico 'possible' - Todt More ...
08/07/11
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Petty: “Danica is not ready for Cup.  End of the conversation.”  During Friday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session live from Pocono Raceway on SPEED, SPEED analyst Kyle Petty addressed the news that a deal is imminent for Danica Patrick to run the full 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series and partial Cup Series schedule.  Following is a transcript of Petty’s comments during his discussion with SPEED host Rick Allen and analyst Larry McReynolds:
 
Allen: Do you think she is ready to run in the Cup Series with such limited stock car background?

Petty
: “She is not ready for Cup.  End of the conversation. The first year she ran, it was all marketing all the time.  This year she has made a tremendous improvement.  I give her kudos for the races she has run and how she’s done.  She has made a huge jump from year one to year two. She still hasn’t beaten Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch and Joey Logano and guys like that.  When you get to the Cup level, that’s the guys that are there.  You’ve got to race against those guys week-in and week-out.  And I’m going to say something in defense of Travis Kvapil and Joe Nemechek and guys like that - they are great race car drivers.  They don’t have the best equipment out there.  They drive their butts off to make these races. She’s not going to come in here and just slot in in front of those guys.  The field is so much better and so much deeper.  She doesn’t have the experience in a stock car yet after two partial seasons or two marketing campaigns, whatever you want to call it, in the Nationwide Series or the Cup Series yet, in my opinion.” More ...
08/07/11
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Rahal slams Danica/IndyCar over dust up  Scott Dixon got a much-needed win to start his charge to championship contention as he drove to an easy victory in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. But further back in the pack, the three drivers at Team Penske were distraught after playing the right pit strategy only to get hosed when the pits were closed on the final caution.

And even further back, Graham Rahal lit into Danica Patrick after the two were involved in an incident in the “Keyhole” section of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course that led to Rahal’s car stalled off course. Once he returned to the race he was able to catch up to the back of Patrick’s car and admitted he thought about punting her off course.

“I fully thought about it and I could have done it. I could have easily retaliated,” Rahal said. “But it’s not me. I won’t do that to anybody but I will tell you I was very upset. I don’t understand why people are driving like this.” More ...

08/07/11
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De Phillippi Wins Star Mazda Race 2 at Trois Rivieres  California racer Connor De Phillippi, who already has two wins to his credit so far this season, became the first three-race winner of the 2011 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear season with his victory in today's Race 2 / Round 8 at the 42nd annual GP3R at Trois-Rivières. 

De Phillippi, who finished 5th yesterday and started 5th on the grid for today's race, took the lead at the 2/3rds mark in his #11 Team Pelfrey / Justice Brothers Products / Trademark Garage Floors Mazda and, by the time the checkered waved, had opened up a 3.4-second gap on his Team Pelfrey teammate Nick Andries, who finished 2nd in the #81 Team Pelfrey / Lithionics Battery / GS610 Brake Fluid / Trademark Garage Floors Mazda.  Andries started 3rd and finished 3rd yesterday, and today's results brings to five the number of times he has finished on the podium so far this season.  More ...

08/07/11
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Pirelli denies ceding to Ferrari pressure in tire choices  UPDATE Ferrari's chances in this year's championship look set to be boosted, with Pirelli having revealed that it is unlikely to use the hard tire in the remaining races of the season.  The Maranello squad has been known this season for preferring softer tires that adapt better to its car.

Pirelli announced earlier this week that it would not be using the hard compound in the upcoming three races, and its motorsport boss Paul Hembery says the compound is unlikely to return this season.

"I don't think we'll see the hard compound again," said Hembery. "I think it's probably too hard and that the medium is proving sufficiently robust for the aggressive circuits we've still got to come. So don't think we'll be going the hard route." More ...

08/07/11
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Jaguar denies it is working on an LMP1 race car  Contrary to reports in mid-July, Jaguar has moved to deny speculation that it has been preparing to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a new sports-prototype race car. A spokesperson for the Indian-owned British manufacturer said the reports were "purely speculative."

Tata, Jaguar's parent company, has said in the past that Le Mans was in Jaguar's DNA, having won there on seven occasions, and that the brand would race there again one day. However, the spokesman added that such a project was not a priority at this time, adding that he is not aware of any discussion at the corporate-board level about any motorsports program other than the RSR team's GT2 initiative in the American Le Mans Series.  AutoWeek

08/07/11
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Ave Wins Fourth Straight Trans-Am Race in Grueling GP3R  The record will show that Tony Ave, of Maiden, N.C., started from the pole position and led every lap en route to the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series victory at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres by 4.619 seconds over Simon Gregg, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

And while it may have looked somewhat easy from the outside, it was anything but for the defending series champion and current championship points leader. For a few laps early in the race, Ave's No. 4 Lamers Racing/Beebe Racing/Optech/PME Chevrolet Corvette was leaking fluid from the rear of the car, primarily whenever he would make a left turn.
That problem quickly went away and Ave pulled out into a comfortable lead. Just past the halfway point, however, corner workers reported possible debris from Ave's car and a definite change in the exhaust note, which turned out to be a broken header. That made things much more difficult for Ave, as evidenced by the fact that his lead dwindled from more than 25 seconds to just over four at the finish. He admitted after scoring his 10th career Trans-Am victory that he was fortunate to make it to the end. More ...
08/07/11
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Red flag: NASCAR Cup Series race  Track drying continues at Pocono and the race should get back under way very soon. There are 75 laps remaining and Joey Logano is the race leader as three JGR cars are in the top four.
08/07/11
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Esteban Guerrieri wins rain soaked Indy Lights race  
Esteban Guerrieri
Pole sitter Esteban Guerrieri lead the Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres flag to flag, clinching his third victory of the season after holding off a series of late challenges.

Guerrieri's win capped off an impressive weekend for the Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver in which his fastest race lap of 58.5076 seconds was an open-wheel track record.

Team Moore Racing's Gustavo Yacaman finished second, matching a career best, while Firestone Indy Lights championship points leader Josef Newgarden of Sam Schmidt Motorsports finished third. More ...

08/07/11
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DTM: Ekstrom wins for Audi  
Mattias Ekstrom
In the duel against Mercedes-Benz Audi has raised the score of victories to 4-2. In front of 86,500 spectators (throughout the weekend) Mattias Ekström in the Audi A4 DTM of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline was in a class of his own at the Nürburgring. From the pole position the Swede achieved an advantage of 5.533 seconds over the leader of the standings, Bruno Spengler, and celebrated his 15th DTM victory that was never at risk in the race.

Exactly 63 weeks or 441 days Mattias Ekström had to wait for this day. The last DTM race won by the Audi driver had been at Valencia at the end of May 2010. "That was a very long time," said the Swede after his triumph at the Nürburgring. "This success feels incredibly good. I’m very happy for the team that suffered a great deal of misfortune in the first half of the season. This weekend Audi Sport and Abt were right on the mark. All I had to do was drive ..." More ...
08/07/11
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Harvick Dominates In Rain-Delayed Pocono Truck Debut  Thanks to fuel-saving technique and opportune late cautions, Kevin Harvick had enough gas to survive a green-white-checkered-flag finish in Sunday’s rain-delayed Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 and win the Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway.

The victory was Harvick’s first in three starts in the series this year and the 10th of his career. Kyle Busch finished second, followed by James Buescher, points leader Johnny Sauter and Austin Dillon.

When the race went three laps beyond its scheduled distance of 50 laps, the only question was whether Harvick had enough fuel in his tank to go the extra 7.5 miles. There was no question about the quality of his ride. More ...
08/07/11
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Mid-Day report from Mid-Ohio  
- Weather conditions at Mid-Ohio have improved considerably since this morning, and certainly since last night.  Weather forecasts are now for 83 degrees with mostly sunny skies at race time. 

- The pit road is one of many areas that need to be modernized at Mid-Ohio.  It’s not that the pit road is too narrow – certainly it is wider than, say, Indy.  The problem is that each pit stall is very short, and very tight turns are required to turn into the pits.  “It’s tight... very tight.  If every pits under a yellow, it will be a mess!” said Graham Rahal while walking back to his hauler from morning practice.

- Scott Dixon lead morning practice, followed by Graham Rahal, Will Power and... story of the weekend... Simon Pagenaud.  Simon is filling in for injured Justin Wilson, and is still wearing borrowed equipment from a variety of places.  Everyone was on black tires for the practice.  Pagenaud is fast in an Indy car, and if his fill-in for Ana Beatriz in Alabama is any indication, he will be a factor today.  More ...
08/07/11
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Alonso says Kubica will be fine mentally  Robert Kubica continues to make slow but steady progress with Fernando Alonso adamant his rally crash will not have an adverse effect on him mentally.

According to Die Welt, Kubica, who suffered life-threatening injuries in a rally accident back in February, has recovered full movement in his thumb although his middle finger 'still causes problems.'

However, the report also claims that his right arm, which was almost severed, will 'probably never recover entirely.'

Kubica, though, is determined to return to Formula One racing next season with Lotus Renault GP believed to be keen to put him in a car in Friday practices later this season to evaluate his recovery. More ...

08/07/11
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British F1 fans still in a tizzy over BBC/Sky deal  Over a week may have passed since the announcement that the BBC and Sky Sports will be sharing F1 broadcasting rights next season, but the level of anger does not appear to be dissipating.

It would seem that no matter how much the bosses of Formula One back the new plans, the regular Formula One fan in the UK is not pleased.

This is highlighted by our very own Vital F1 poll, which currently shows that 84% of users are very angry over the BBC/Sky deal. A further 8% are a little annoyed, while only 8% are looking forward to it.

It would seem that the details are still being ironed out, but what is clear is Sky Sports will be the only place UK viewers will be able to watch every practice session, qualifying and race live until 2018. More ...

08/07/11
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Video: Crazy finish to Iowa Nationwide race  Watch the Ford blow up and almost take out his teammate's Ford.
08/07/11
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IndyCar practice delayed at Mid-Ohio  Practice at Mid Ohio has been delayed because the low ceiling can’t allow the helicopter to get here.  Forty percent chance of rain we hear.  It rained hard around 6 pm yesterday (end of ALMS race), and for a good bit of the night, which no doubt will affect the rubber that was laid down on the track.

It appears we will have a good crowd today.
08/07/11
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Edwards not racing full-time in Nationwide next season  
Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards will trim his Nationwide Series schedule next year to spend more time with crew chief Bob Osborne and their Sprint Cup effort. The 31-year-old driver has 34 career Nationwide wins and won the 2007 title for Roush Fenway Racing. He's run the full Nationwide and Cup schedules for the past seven years, one of the most taxing schedules in NASCAR history.

"I feel there are weekends when I walk away from the Cup car and get in the Nationwide car (and) feel I'm leaving something on the table," Edwards told reporters on Friday at Pocono Raceway, scene of Sunday afternoon's Good Sam Sprint Cup 500.

"The racer in me wants to run the Truck Series, the Nationwide Series, and the Cup Series every week. But I think I've got to (cut back). (Five-time Cup champion) Jimmie Johnson doesn't run (many) Nationwide races." Edwards hasn't set his '12 schedule, but it likely will include only Nationwide companion races at Cup venues. AutoWeek
08/07/11
TV News
DIRECTV Head2Head Knockout Competition  DIRECTV will team up with ESPN and NASCAR to open the throttle for a second consecutive year of DIRECTV's Head2Head Knockout competition - an innovative, bracket-format contest that will showcase existing and new rivalries among 32 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers.

The high-stakes competition will take place over the course of four races during the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning Aug. 7, 2011 finishing with DIRECTV's NASCAR Head2Head Knockout Championship in Bristol, Tenn. on Aug. 27.

DIRECTV, the exclusive provider of the NASCAR HotPass broadcast, will donate a total of $400,000 to driver charities during the four-round event as drivers compete head-to-head each week with the winner moving on to the next bracket. And drivers won't be the only ones competing. A participating fan, who fills out a perfect bracket, can win a $1 million. More info at directv.com
08/07/11
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Track to blame for Wilson's broken back  Justin Wilson suffered a compression fracture in his back Saturday when he drove through a run-off area at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course that Dario Franchitti deems unsafe.  The Izod IndyCar Series' points leader said that he told series officials during a recent test that the ground was too uneven if a car happened to travel over it.

That's what happened Saturday. Wilson's Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car drifted off the course, stormed through the grass and then struck the asphalt edge of an access road, bouncing him hard several times.

Indy cars have very rigid and flat bottoms, an area in which drivers are most susceptible to injury because they sit so low to the ground.

"The grass is very, very rough -- massive undulations on the grass," he said. More ...

08/07/11
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Video: Justin Wilson crash  
08/06/11
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Stenhouse Jr. Sweeps Iowa in Wild, Crazy Roush Fenway 1-2 Finish  
Edwards crashes his teammate Stenhouse across the finish line after the Ford engine in Stenhouse's Mustang blew its guts all over the track and oiled up Edwards windshield
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Roush Fenway Racing posted the wildest one-two finish in team history Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posting his second career NASCAR win; sweeping both races at Iowa this season. The win is Roush Fenway’s 12th NASCAR win in 2011 and their eighth in the Nationwide Series this season.

“This was just an awesome job from this No. 6 team,” said Stenhouse Jr. “They work harder than anyone out there; all the guys at the shop and everyone at Roush Yates engines. I have to thank the good Lord above; he’s helped us through so much. I have to thank Nationwide Insurance for giving us the opportunity to come out here and put on a show for all these awesome fans. I just wish we had Blackwell Angus Beef and Cargill on this car tonight.” More ...

08/06/11
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Northwest Nationals: Brown, Wilkerson and Anderson on top  Antron Brown raced to the No. 1 position in Top Fuel Saturday to close qualifying at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations as No. 1 qualifiers of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event, the final stop of the three-race Western Swing.

Brown, who won his third race of the season last weekend in Sonoma, claimed his first top qualifying effort of the year and 27th of his career with a performance of 3.809 seconds at 321.58 mph in his Matco Tools dragster. More ...

08/06/11
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Vautier Wins Star Mazda Race 1 at Trois Rivieres  
Winner Tristan Vautier (Center)
Tristan Vautier of Grenoble, France has scored his second victory of the 2011 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear season in Race 1 / Round 7 of a double-header at the 42nd annual GP3R at Trois-Rivières. Vautier started from the pole in his #5 JDC Motorsports / Cecibon / Circuit du Laquais Mazda and will start from the pole again in tomorrow's Race 2 / Round 8 by virtue of having set the fastest lap of the race today. Vautier's other victory, also from the pole, came in Round 2 at Barber Motorsports Park and he has maintained his lead in the championship with a quartet of top-5 finishes in Rounds 3 – 6. Vautier joins Connor De Phillippi and Sage Karam on the list of drivers with two wins so far this season. More ...
08/06/11
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Delayed: Truck Series race  UPDATE SPEED will offer live coverage of Sunday’s rain-postponed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Pocono Raceway Sunday at 9 a.m. ET.  NASCAR RaceDay Built by The Home Depot follows the Truck Series race live at 10 a.m. ET.  The network also provides same-day delayed coverage of the ARCA Racing Series race from Pocono Sunday at 10 p.m. ET following Wind Tunnel. 

08/06/11 The red flag has come out after the rain picked up in intensity during the NASCAR Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway Saturday afternoon. Kyle Busch's truck had a flat left front tire, and he lost plenty of positions under yellow.
08/06/11
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Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres Firestone Indy Lights qualifying  UPDATE Esteban Guerrieri set a pair of records in winning the Sunoco Pole Award for Sunday's Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres.

The Argentinean extended is his streak of front row starts to six, a series record and set an outright track record with a lap of 57.4541 during the final round of the shoot-out style qualifying session.

Guerrieri's lap broke the track record previously held by ALMS driver Marco Werner of 57.740 seconds and beat the fastest open-wheel lap set by Simona de Silvestro, who had a lap of 58.662 seconds while she was racing in Formula Atlantic in 2009.

Guerrieri's teammate Conor Daly qualified second (57.4962) while Peter Dempsey will start third (57.5599) in his third start with Andretti Autosport.  Firestone Indy Lights points leader Josef Newgarden (57.6385) and Team Moore Racing's Gustavo Yacaman (57.8510) round out the top-five.

The pole position for Guerrieri gives him a record for consecutive front row starts in Firestone Indy Lights dating to Milwaukee. Guerrieri was previously tied with 2004 series champion Thiago Medeiros with five consecutive front row starts.

DAY 2 NOTEBOOK:

In the past year, two major modifications have been made to the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres circuit. In 2010, parts of the track were re-paved due to abuse brought on by extreme winter temperatures the city of Trois-Rivieres experiences. At the beginning of this year, per suggestion of ASN, Canada's National Motorsports Sanctioning Authority, the wall leading into the outlet of turn six was backed up 10 feet to increase safety and speed.

Conor Daly, driver of the #77 Mazda Road to Indy/SSM car, raced on the track in Star Mazda last year before Turn 6 had been modified. Of the change he said, "I think it really has helped, it's wide pretty late in the corner though so you have to watch the edge of the tire barrier. But I think it's a good change and will improve everything in that corner."

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Norway-born Anders Krohn had Canadian fans sign the rear wing of his car after an autograph session on Saturday in support of the victims of the Norway shootings. On July 22, 77 Norwegians were killed in a two-pronged attack carried out by Anders Behring Breivik that started in the capital city of Oslo and ended on Utoya, an island off the coast of Norway that was hosting a youth camp at the time.

"The reason I wanted to do this was because I couldn't believe how many people here in North America were shocked and showed their concern for Norway and our people. I wanted to show my people back home that there are people across the globe that truly does care," said Krohn during the car signing.

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All but two of the Firestone Indy Lights drivers failed to break IZOD IndyCar Series driver Simona de Silvestro's open-wheel driving record in Saturday's qualifications. The previous record was set in 2009 at 58.662 seconds during the Formula Atlantic Qualifications.

"It's something that was really special to me because a lot of great drivers such as Jacques Villeneuve have raced at Trois Rivieres," de Silvestro said. "I remember when we used to go there the people of the city came out to support us like we were in the big leagues. It's something really cool."

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GRAND PRIX TROIS RIVIÈRES POST QUALIFYING QUOTES:

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 11 Copart/Score Big/Robo-Pong/SSM): "It was a good day for the team. Esteban got first, Daly was right there in second so I just think it's a good day for the crew. But we've got to look at the race now. We struggled some in practice with the brakes, going into qualifying we thought we were good but I think we miscalculated with the track temperature and everything, but overall I think the car is good overall. At the end I was pushing a little too hard and clipped the wall a little bit, not a good way to end the session, but a good learning experience overall."

STEFAN WILSON (No. 5 Andretti Autosport): "We really weren't where we should be which is kind of surprising. We were actually kind of slow. We thought we had some really good pace coming in here. We did well in Toronto and we thought it would carry over into this race but it seems like we just can't find the speed this weekend so I guess we'll just keep working on that. Peter has a really good setup so we might use some of that data to prepare us for the race tomorrow and it should be good."

CONOR DALY (No. 77 Mazda Road to Indy/ SSM): "The car was good the whole time. I really should have had the pole. Unfortunately the marshal was waving the yellow flag on the last turn like there was a ten car crash around the next turn so I had to back off just for safety. Unfortunately, that was my best lap so I'm pretty disappointed because I wanted this pole so bad but there's still a race ahead of us. The Sam Schmidt team has done a great job and the car is really fast so I think my goal is just to get around Esteban."

ESTEBAN GUERRIERI (No. 7 Lucas Oil/Sam Schmidt Motorsports): "We were not in a good situation this morning. We were ok but not the best. So we just worked on the car a little bit and I tried my best on the track and it won us the pole position. I wasn't too worried about being out of the top six. I knew I had the speed for the top six but I didn't know I had the speed for the pole position. I was a little worried about the tires staying on the ground but the Firestone Firehawks served me well. We might do some changes before the race because it's a longer distance. Hopefully with some changes to the car I will be able to stay in the top."

MIKAEL GRENIER (No. 22 TMR-Xtreme Coil Drilling): "I'm kind of disappointed after qualifying. I had some great times in practice this morning, but I got blocked three times in the qualifying by Esteban which is frustrating but it should be fine tomorrow. We have a pretty good racecar and a good set of tires so I think if we stay strong in the race it will be good. The team did a great job and we deserve to be in the top five or top three. It's really exciting being here. We have a lot of fans, a lot of sponsors and I think tomorrow should be some really good racing."



08/06/11 Qualifying Saturday for the Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres Firestone Indy Lights event on the 1.51 mile(s) Streets of Trois-Rivieres circuit, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1.  (7) Esteban Guerrieri, 57.4541 (94.615)
2.  (77) Conor Daly, 57.4962 (94.545)
3.  (26) Peter Dempsey, 57.5599 (94.441)
4.  (11) Josef Newgarden, 57.6385 (94.312)
5.  (2) Gustavo Yacaman, 57.8510 (93.966)
6.  (5) Stefan Wilson, 58.0259 (93.682)
7.  (22) Mikael Grenier, 58.3012 (93.240)
8.  (3) Victor Carbone, 58.3898 (93.098)
9.  (29) Bruno Andrade, 58.4417 (93.016)
10.  (9) Anders Krohn, 58.5812 (92.794)
11.  (4) Jorge Goncalvez, 58.6107 (92.748)
12.  (16) David Ostella, 58.7465 (92.533)
13.  (28) Duarte Ferreira, 58.9677 (92.186)

08/06/11
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IndyCar Mid-Ohio Day 2 Notebook  The Trueman family, owners of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the past three decades, have been named grand marshals of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

Barbara Trueman, family matriarch, her daughter, Michelle Trueman Gajoch, president of the facility from 1989 to 2011, and daughter Megan Cindric, will be present during the weekend. Celebrating its 50th season, Mid-Ohio was sold to Kim Green and Kevin Savoree through Green Savoree Mid-Ohio, LLC earlier this year.

"This racetrack has been a big part of our family for the past 30 years," said Trueman Gajoch, "We're honored that Kim and Kevin invited us to return to the track as grand marshals. I'm really looking forward to seeing some of the staff, sponsors and others in the paddock I've worked with for a long time." More ...

08/06/11
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Update from Mid-Ohio  UPDATE #5 Scott Dixon easily won the pole for Sundays’ Honda Indy 200 at Mid Ohio by almost 1/4 second over Ryan Briscoe.  Dario Franchitti, Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal rounded out the top 6.  Full report to follow on Home Page.

08/06/11
Moving on to final round:
Scott Dixon
Dario Franchitti
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Graham Rahal
Will Power
Ryan Biscoe

Not moving on:
James Hinchcliffe
Alex Tagliani
Takuma Sato (who spun entering the front stretch)
Charlie Kimball
Sebastien Bourdais
EJ Viso More ...
08/06/11
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Wind Tunnel Sunday  Bob Varsha will be hosting this week as Dave Despain continues his Arctic Adventure. This week, Dave will check in from the road as he has finally met up with his riding buddies. They have ridden their motorcycles from Washington state to Alaska through British Columbia. We’ll also talk to the head of Ford Racing about the process of resigning high-profile ‘free-agent’ Carl Edwards. And we’ll hear the story of Bonneville land speed racing legend, Ab Jenkins, through the makers of a new film called Boys of Bonneville.

Guest Host  Bob Varsha (Host, Formula 1 on SPEED)

Featured Interview  Jaime Allison (Director, Ford Racing – North America)

Featured Interviews Curt Wallin (Director, Boys of Bonneville documentary)
                                  John Greene (Producer, Boys of Bonneville documentary)

PLUS: Leg 3 of Dave Despain’s Arctic Adventure (Washington state to Alaska)

This Week’s Races:
·        CUP and Camping World Trucks at Pocono
·        Nationwide in Iowa
·        IndyCar and ALMS at Mid-Ohio
·        ARCA at Pocono
·        NHRA in Seattle
·        Knoxville 360 Nationals
·        Belleville Midget Nationals

08/06/11
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Pagenaud to sub for injured Wilson  UPDATE
Simon Pagenaud
Justin Wilson, driver of the No. 22 Roll Coater - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing machine was involved in a single-car incident in this morning's practice for the Honda Indy 200.

Justin Wilson was transported from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield, Ohio by ground transportation and is being further evaluated.

Simon Pagenaud will qualify the No. 22 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing entry in place of Justin Wilson. No decisions have been made as to whom will drive the entry for the Honda Indy 200 on Sunday afternoon. Dreyer & Reinbold PR

08/06/11 The Dreyer & Reinbold team has informed AR1.com that Simon Pagenaud will replace IndyCar driver Justin Wilson for the rest of the weekend at Mid-Ohio.  Wilson is complaining of back pains after a morning crash and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
08/06/11
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Pastrana Nationwide debut delayed until 2012  Pastrana Waltrip Racing announced that Travis Pastrana will not make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut until the 2012 season due to injuries suffered during the 17th annual X Games last week. The 11-time X Games gold medalist broke his right ankle and foot while attempting a Rodeo 720 with a back flip during the Best Trick competition in Los Angeles, forcing him to miss his scheduled NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis last Saturday.

The injuries required surgery, which was completed by Dr. Tom Dennis at Riva Road Surgical Center in Annapolis, Md., Wednesday evening. Dr. Dennis said the operation was a success and that Pastrana should make a full recovery following a strict healing process which will require Pastrana to be immobilized in traction for at least one month and unable to apply weight on his right leg for another month. "To give my ankle and foot time to heal properly we have decided to wait until 2012 to make my NASCAR debut," Pastrana said.

"I probably could have been ready for the final couple of races in 2011, but it just makes more sense to start fresh in 2012. We are already starting to talk about testing and what I need to do to prepare for next season. My sincere apologies go out to my NASCAR team, fans and sponsors for this delay. Thanks for all of the support. This will be a fun ride & eventually." Pastrana made his NASCAR debut on January 29 when he finished sixth in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway. Pastrana was scheduled to run a total of seven Nationwide Series races this season with his debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. on July 30. Pastrana Waltrip Racing PR
08/06/11
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Fellows driving for JR Motorsports at Watkins Glen & Montreal  JR Motorsports announced the return of two critical components to its road-course program  driver Ron Fellows and sponsor Canadian Tire. Fellows, a previous winner for JR Motorsports, will drive the #5 Chevy in NASCAR Nationwide Series events at Watkins Glen International (Aug. 13) and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Aug. 20) with Canadian Tire as the team's primary sponsor for both events. Fellows finished second at Road America on June 25th for JR Motorsports. The #5 Canadian Tire team will give JRM three entries in both of the remaining road-course events. Aric Almirola will drive the #88 Chevy in both races. Jimmie Johnson will drive the #7 at Watkins Glen in a one-race deal announced Tuesday, and Danica Patrick will take over the #7 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. JR Motorsports
08/06/11
Announcement
Get it Now: AR1.com iPad app  UPDATE #3 Another reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, Thank you so much for the iPad app.  Absolutely love it.  I especially like the way you can sort all the articles, hot news and rumors by series so I can see everything about my favorite series without having other stuff I have zero interest in, like Grand-Am, mixed in.  A definite nice addition.  Now I get to read my favorite website (AR1) on my favorite computer (iPad).  Bob Ingalls

08/03/11 A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Love the iPad app.  I also use your iPhone app.  Just another reason why AR1.com is the best racing website out there.  I have no problem paying for such good service.  Keep up the good work.  Wendee Maxwell

08/03/11 As promised, the AR1 app for the iPad is now available in the Apple App Store.  Existing customers can login with their existing credentials.  New customers get one week free to check it out.  We think you will like it.  It's only version 1.0 so we welcome your feedback for future enhancements.



07/15/11
We are close to releasing our AutoRacing1.com (AR1) Apple app for the iPad.  Look for the announcement on its release in the very near future.  If you have been on the fence about buying an iPad, now might be the time.  It is a game changing device that you are sure to love.
08/06/11
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Smith tops final ALMS warm-up  
Guy Smith in his Lola-Mazda
The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge continued to be the Guy Smith Show as Friday’s pole-winner also set the fastest time in warm-up for this afternoon’s race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Smith turned a best lap of 1:16.122 (106.786 mph) in the final session prior to the fifth round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n.

Smith, teaming with Chris Dyson in Dyson’s No. 16 Lola-Mazda coupe, was just 0.289 seconds ahead of Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing’s Lucas Luhr. Tony Burgess was third in LMP1 for Autocon Racing in his open-topped Lola-AER at 1:19.351 (102.441 mph).

Dirk Müller was quickest in GT for BMW Team RLL in the same BMW M3 GT that teammate Joey Hand put on the class pole Friday. Muller’s best Saturday lap of 1:21.848 (99.753 mph) was 0.280 seconds better than Patrick Long in Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. More ...

08/06/11
Automotive
Big recalls for Honda and Chrysler  Honda is recalling about 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S. to update the software on the automatic transmission to decrease the possibility of transmission damage.

The recall affects certain 2005-10 four-cylinder Accord, 2007-10 CR-V and 2005-08 Element vehicles.

The company said Friday that without the change, the transmission's secondary shaft bearing can be damaged when the car is shifted too quickly. Honda said that can happen when a driver tries to get the vehicle dislodged from mud or snow.

Honda says it will begin sending recall notifications to customers on Aug. 31. The company says that no injuries or deaths have been reported. More ...

08/06/11
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Mattias Ekstrom claims pole position at Nurburgring  
Mattias Ekstrom
For the 17th time in his career, Mattias Ekström (Audi) will be starting from pole position into a DTM race. In qualifying for the sixth DTM season round at the Nurburgring, he secured the best starting grid position in changeable weather conditions, followed by Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz).

With a lap time of 1:32.066 minutes in the fourth qualifying heat, the Swede was more than three seconds faster than British driver Green. Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) and Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz) will be starting from the second row on the grid in third and fourth place respectively on Sunday. More ...
08/06/11
f1
Domenicali admits 2012 is now Ferrari's priority  
Stefano Domenicali
After a slow start to the 2011 season, Ferrari's championship challenge has come alive in the past four races - yet they are already planning ahead for 2012 and are unlikely to focus on this year's challenge for too much longer.

Team principal Stefano Domenicali told the Telegraph that his immediate priority for 2012 was to ensure Ferrari avoided the slow start to the season that has hindered Fernando Alonso's title bids for the past two years.

To emphasize this he admitted that development on this year's car was likely to grind to a halt in the near future. More ...

08/06/11
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Mid-Ohio: Hunter-Reay rockets to top in 2nd IndyCar practice  
Rank Car Driver Time Diff. Gap Laps
1 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:08.8057 0.0000 0.0000 21
2 9 Scott Dixon 1:08.8335 0.0278 0.0278 22
3 5 Takuma Sato 1:08.8747 0.0690 0.0412 29
4 12 Will Power 1:08.9419 0.1362 0.0672 22
5 6 Ryan Briscoe 1:09.0556 0.2499 0.1137 20
6 10 Dario Franchitti 1:09.0683 0.2626 0.0127 16
7 4 JR Hildebrand 1:09.1655 0.3598 0.0972 22
8 77 Alex Tagliani 1:09.3230 0.5173 0.1575 19
9 38 Graham Rahal 1:09.3254 0.5197 0.0024 19
10 82 Tony Kanaan 1:09.3623 0.5566 0.0369 19
11 22 Justin Wilson 1:09.4224 0.6167 0.0601 15
12 06 James Hinchcliffe 1:09.4894 0.6837 0.0670 16
13 3 Helio Castroneves 1:09.5122 0.7065 0.0228 19
14 2 Oriol Servia 1:09.5316 0.7259 0.0194 21
15 26 Marco Andretti 1:09.5492 0.7435 0.0176 21
16 59 EJ Viso 1:09.6156 0.8099 0.0664 17
17 78 Simona de Silvestro 1:09.7271 0.9214 0.1115 19
18 83 Charlie Kimball 1:09.7331 0.9274 0.0060 21
19 34 Sebastian Saavedra 1:09.7433 0.9376 0.0102 25
20 27 Mike Conway 1:09.7506 0.9449 0.0073 24
21 7 Danica Patrick 1:09.7520 0.9463 0.0014 24
22 17 Martin Plowman 1:09.9226 1.1169 0.1706 25
23 14 Vitor Meira 1:10.0676 1.2619 0.1450 21
24 19 Sebastien Bourdais 1:10.0760 1.2703 0.0084 25
25 18 James Jakes 1:10.1987 1.3930 0.1227 22
26 24 Ana Beatriz 1:10.6978 1.8921 0.4991 25
27 67 Ed Carpenter 1:11.7864 2.9807 1.0886 29
08/06/11
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Justin Wilson possibly hurt at Mid-Ohio  IndyCar driver Justin Wilson crashed in practice this morning at Mid-Ohio while running 5th fastest.  He was placed in an ambulance after landing hard complaining of some back pain and took him to the infield care center.  He was alert and awake but as he was carried into the care center on a stretcher with his legs bent up rather than laying straight out, leading to speculation that he has back pain.  Stay tuned.......
08/06/11
track news
Tourism CEO wants to work Indy Speedway into its plans  Leonard Hoops, the new CEO of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, is taking a look at changing the branding strategy that drives the city’s tourism and convention initiative.

And he’s seriously considering making the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a big part of that. I interviewed Hoops at length for a recent hospitality special section for IBJ’s print edition and he had some interesting things to say.

The ICVA’s current tag line is “Raising the Game.”

“I’m not sure the brand strategy we have now meets the test that I would look at for a brand strategy that is really going to move the needle,” Hoops said. “For me, it’s important to have something that really uniquely identifies a destination where if you take the words from the destination name, and just say that brand strategy, people know the destination you’re talking about.” More ...

08/06/11
track news
More details on traffic plan for Austin F1 race  About 20,000 cars and other personal vehicles carrying more than 72,000 people will descend on a Formula One race planned next year at a racetrack under construction in southeastern Travis County, according to a traffic management plan submitted to officials Friday .

Another 26,000 people are expected to arrive by shuttle, nearly 18,000 more will park off-site or in recreational vehicles, and about 1,000 will arrive by bicycle or helicopter, according to the plan, which was done by Kimley-Horn and Associates for local F1 organizers.

The plan is not the final word on traffic control on race weekends for the county roads that lead to the Circuit of the Americas, where yearly F1 races are planned from 2012 to 2021. But it does offer more details from organizers' plans to move an estimated 120,000 people into and out of the circuit and where those people will likely park. More ...

08/06/11
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Newman leads first Cup practice at Pocono  Ryan Newman led the first of two 90-minute Sprint Cup practice sessions Friday at Pocono Raceway in preparation for Sunday’s Good Sam RV Insurance 500.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver led the way with a speed of 170.026 mph around the 2.5-mile track. Kurt Busch (Penske Racing), AJ Allmendinger (Richard Petty Motorsports), points leader Carl Edwards (Roush Fenway Racing) and Mark Martin (Hendrick Motorsports) rounded out the top five.

Defending series champion Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick) was sixth and Brad Keselowski (Penske), who chipped a bone in his left ankle in a crash while testing Wednesday at Road Atlanta, was 10th. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick) was 17th, and defending race winner Greg Biffle (Roush) was 20th.

Qualifying is set for 10:40 a.m. Saturday.

08/06/11
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Jason Priestley reveals how bad Indy Lights crash was  Actor Jason Priestley - you may remember him as Brandon from "Beverly Hills, 90210." While he certainly talks about his days on 90210, Priestley also talks about getting back on his feet after his Indy Lights racing accident in 2003. His toughest moments were "after I had my big racing accident and I was really trying to get back on my feet."

He describes his post-accident body as pretty disfigured: "They actually had to take my eyeball out and rebuild part of my skull."

08/06/11
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Lack of wins doesn't slow Danica-mania  Carl Edwards has endeared himself to fans.

They love him because he wins, removes his sunglasses during interviews and spews a homespun personality that makes Opie Taylor look brutish.

Add loyalty to his favorable traits.

Edwards stunned most in NASCAR circles when he rejected an offer to join Joe Gibbs Racing to stay at Roush Fenway Racing, which introduced him to big-time racing eight years ago.

The Sprint Cup points leader made the announcement Thursday. More ...

08/06/11
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Ecclestone against electric pit motors  Bernie Ecclestone, head of F1 commercial rights holders Formula One Management (FOM), has criticized the new electric pit motor idea of 2014. In the recently published Technical Regulations it was confirmed by governing body the FIA that, while in the pit lane, no car will be able to run on its standard petrol engine.

“Formula 1 is absolutely not the right place to have electric engines,” Ecclestone told The Express. “It’s like having ballet dancers with sneakers - more comfortable, but it doesn’t work. There’s no way that it will be electric in the pit lane. People could be killed because they won’t hear the cars coming.” More ...

08/06/11
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Under cloak of secrecy, new cars will get tested at Mid-Ohio track  The next race on the IndyCar docket is Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at the Mid- Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. But the future of IndyCar racing begins Monday at Mid- Ohio, under double-secret lockdown to everyone including race teams, media and sponsors.

This will be the first of six tests for the new Dallara Chassis by several different race teams using one of the three engines: Honda, Chevrolet or Lotus.

Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon and the Bryan Herta race team will do the Mid-Ohio test as the future of IndyCar racing officially hits the track.

“Our goals are pretty simple . . . we want to see the reliability of the car,” Herta said this week from his office in California. “We want to improve the performance of the car and we want to give all our partners time for development, so when all the teams get their cars, it’s a track proven, ready to- run vehicle.

“It will be interesting for IndyCar, too, because it’s all theoretical right now, but they’re going to have to make sure that the rules they have already set up are appropriate for the car.

This car is going to be faster, lighter and safer. It’s a lot different than what we have on the track right now.”

Mid-Ohio will be the first shakedown of the new machine, which could still have some modifications to style and performance pending what the series of tests on road courses and ovals reveal.

But this transition is more than just on the track. It effectively clears every garage of its buildup of parts and apparatus from most of the last decade that allowed teams to compete on a level plane, all using the same equipment. While the Dallara chassis will be the same for all, three engines and a variety of aerodynamic packages coming next year will make for a whole new playing field for all.

For race teams such as Dreyer & Reinbold, co-owned by Lakewood’s Robbie Buhl, this marks a step into both the competitive and financial unknown.

“The big challenge for us, we have this new car, that costs X amount, well, we don’t have any parts on the shelf for it,” Buhl began. “So we have to spend to build up some inventory, times two. And that’s to start. Right now, we don’t know what the life of a part is going to be, unlike now where we have years of data. So it’s definitely going to be a challenge.”

At the same time, the unknown is part of what has so many looking forward to 2012. Going into Sunday’s Honda Indy 200, the series championship is pretty much decided, and the top five in the standings are pretty much locked in. The suspense in the series is what’s happening behind closed doors.

“It is an absolutely exciting time right now with this new car,” Buhl said. “We’re pretty vested to make sure we’re part of this next era.” In a recent release, Will Phillips, IndyCar’s vice president for technology, said everything is on target for a solid Mid-Ohio test session.

“I continue to be extremely impressed with what I see. If it can deliver what it looks like it can, it will be fantastic and exciting,” he said. Phillips said the session will be a shakedown of the chassis that has been mated to a Honda 2.2-liter V-6. Five other two-day sessions on both road courses and ovals are scheduled before the engine manufacturers— Honda, Chevrolet and Lotus — end the on-track testing in early October.

“It’s really a systems check of everything, but we’ll slowly get the car up to speed and take it from there,” Phillips said. “If on day one there are no issues, then day two, you start pushing a bit harder. . . . We need to make sure the parts from all aspects of the car are achieving their goals so we’ve got aero targets and straight-line speed targets that we’re looking to see.”

After the testing, teams can expect to get their hands on the new Dallaras, and from there, getting the car race-ready for each individual driver will begin.

“We’re excited the car is going to get out and turn some lap time,” Tom Wurtz, team manager for Kalkhoven- Vasser, said recently. “Once all the teams know and declare what engine manufacturers they will use, then it will all start to unfold. You’re going to throw away the old playbook and start fresh again. You have to look at the whole program: parts, testing, suspension and so on.

It will be a new day on the race track

“We’re starting over, and I don’t think that’s something any of these teams have done for quite a while. Us, Newman-Haas, we’ve got a little fresher experience with converting [to a new car, after the ChampCar merger in 2008]. But some of the other teams haven’t done anything like this in seven or eight years.”

Dreyer & Reinbold comes under that heading, and Buhl is keenly aware of the challenges ahead.

“We’d really like to be a two-car team,” Buhl said. “We’ll have to see if that is viable starting out. The past two years, for example, we have had enough inventory built up since 2003, 2004 with cars and parts that we could put four cars into the field at Indianapolis [and two for the series]. Until we know the exact availability for everything, I’m not sure if an effort like that will be possible at Indy next year.

“We’ll have 27 cars at Mid-Ohio this weekend. Next year it might be 20 and [a 33-car field] at Indy is going to be a tough deal. That’s just one unknown when you go into a transition year.”

And that is just one of the issues to be resolved. The other is who gets what in terms of powerplants. “It’s going to be interesting here the next 30 days, as [teams] make their commitments to engine manufacturers,” Buhl said. “The deadline for that is the end of August. Manufacturers are picking teams, not the other way around. It’s up to them, we don’t control that. That’s an interesting dynamic, too.

“I get the sense from Honda and Chevy, they want to be around 10 cars each, which l guess leaves another six to 10 for Lotus. Now is that eight [for Honda and Chevy] or is that 12? Which could be the difference between fields under 20 or well over 20. We’ll see.”

“The playing field is pretty level right now,” Buhl said. “At a super speedway, Ganassi and Penske probably got it figured out a bit over many of us. But at Toronto, the field is covered by 1.2 seconds. It wasn’t that long ago, at a race like Toronto, 1.2 seconds probably covered the first 10 or 12. We’re talking 26 cars now.

“These things are rock solid. Everybody is pretty much finishing races; you don’t have gearbox problems, brake problems, engine problems, all of which often come when there is a transition.”

“But it is definitely time for a change. Time for new cars.” Cleveland Plain Dealer

08/06/11
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Chandhok Sr: India will be ready for Grand Prix  India's motor sports chief Vicky Chandhok insists that the track in New Delhi will be ready for the country's Formula One debut in October with an inspection just weeks away - but is angry at reports that the race may be moved to April in 2012.

Subject to a final inspection on 1 September, the first-ever Indian Grand Prix will be held at the Buddh International Circuit, about 40 kilometers from New Delhi, on October 30.

However, reports have suggested that F1 head honcho Bernie Ecclestone has penciled it in for an April slot for 2012 - a time of stifling summer heat in India. More ...

08/06/11
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Vautier on pole for Star Mazda Round 7 at Trois-Rivieres  French racer Tristan Vautier, who won from the pole in Round 2 at Barber Motorsports Park, has scored his second pole of the season for Round 7 of this weekend's Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear double-header at the 42nd annual GP3R at Trois-Rivières.  Vautier, the championship points leader since Round 2, turned a time of 1:01.542 in his #5 JDC Motorsports / Cecibon / Circuit du Laquais Mazda.  The time is just 2/10ths shy of the lap record of 1:01.341 set by Texan Rusty Mitchell in 2009 but marks a return to form for the young native of Grenoble, France, who has had to content himself with a quartet of top-5 finishes since his last visit to the top step of the podium. More ...
08/06/11
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De Quesada Paces Second Trans-Am Series Practice at Trois-Rivieres  In the second practice session in preparation for Sunday's SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, Carlos de Quesada, of Miami, Fla., overcame contact with another car to top the time charts.
De Quesada made contact with the No. 00 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Doug Harrington, of Kemah, Texas midway through the session. However, de Quesada turned a lap at 1:04.824 (84.469 mph) in the No. 22 Alegra Motorsports/Vitalz Jaguar XKR to lead the early evening session. The lap was just a tick slower than Tony Ave's best lap of 1:04.784 (83.909 mph) set in the day's first practice session.
"I'm having a lot of fun," De Quesada said. "The last time I was here was in 2003 with ALMS in a BMW, but I had forgotten the track. In the first practice, I went out and everything went well. I was just being conservative. In the second practice, I was really trying to push harder just to get ready for qualifying. More ...
08/06/11
track news
Dr. Joseph Mattioli, founder of Pocono Raceway, announces retirement  
Dr. Joe Mattioli
In the 1960s, Dr. Joseph Mattioli made a bold move by deciding to build a race track on a former spinach farm in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania.

On Friday at that race track, Mattioli made an equally bold move.

During a press conference at Pocono Raceway, the 87-year-old Mattioli announced he is resigning as the track's chief executive officer and that he and his wife, Dr. Rose Mattioli, are retiring. He is turning over the everyday duties to the three oldest of his seven grandchildren.

"As many of you know, we've been around here for quite a while. I came up here about 50 years ago. The years went by fast, and my wife and I feel it is about time I got the hell out of here. So as of today, I'm resigning all of my positions at Pocono Raceway and take it a little easy." More ...

08/06/11
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Edwards says money wasn’t issue in decision  
Carl Edwards played Joe Gibbs Racing and the NASCAR media like a fiddle to get more money out of Ford and Roush
Why did Carl Edwards stay at Roush Fenway Racing? Edwards isn’t exactly going to say.

As coy as he was in talking about his negotiations with the NASCAR Cup series organization, Edwards was equally coy on the details about why he stayed at Roush Fenway, which the current points leader said is where he’d perform best.

Joe Gibbs Racing had made a strong push to sign Edwards but came up empty as Edwards announced Thursday he would remain where he’s spent his entire six-plus-year Cup career.

“I looked at a lot of things but at the end of the day, our negotiations and our deals and the things I look at competitively, those are private matters,” Edwards said Friday following practice at Pocono Raceway. More ...

08/06/11
f1
Barrichello fully committed to Williams  
Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello says he is completely focused on retaining his place on the Formula 1 grid, revealing that Williams now has the option to extend his contract at any time. The Brazilian has responded to reports questioning his future, but the 11-time Grand Prix winner insists that he would like to prolong his career at the Grove squad.

"I saw some news saying that I wanted to stop racing...makes me laugh really," Barrichello said via his personal Twitter account. "All I want is to carry on racing. (We are) working double hard to have a good car for next year.

"Problems do exist and we are here to solve them. Williams need me as much as I need them."

The Brazilian went on to explain that he has already offered his services to the team for another two terms, with a contract renewal the firm target this year.

"To be honest I told Williams that if they offered me a 2 years contract that I would sign right now," he added.

08/06/11
irl
Catching Up with Graham Rahal  
Graham Rahal
For Graham Rahal, driver of the Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing No. 38 in the IZOD IndyCar Series, a trip to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is like playing in his backyard. After all, it’s less than a one-hour drive from his Dublin, Ohio home.

His father, Bobby Rahal, retired as a race driver in 1998 and drove the Team Rahal Miller Lite car to third place finishes at Mid Ohio in his final two races. Rahal was honored before his last race at Mid-Ohio in 1998 and took a lap with his family in an open-air convertible before the race.

Riding with him that day was the next generation of the Rahal family that would compete in IndyCar – his young son Graham.

“I would always take him testing there,” Bobby said of Graham. “His friends would come with him and they would go off and walk around. They did the same things I did 40 years earlier. It was our home track in a lot of ways. I love watching him, period but I love watching him there. At Mid-Ohio he has a lot of fans. It’s like the next generation.” More ...

08/06/11
nascar
France: Ex-wife threatened to ruin him with recordings  
Megan France has taped all the telephone threats NASCAR boss Brian France has made against her and threatens to expose his true character for all the world to see
NASCAR Chairman Brian France has accused his former wife of repeatedly threatening to use secretly recorded phone conversations to ruin his career if he didn’t pay her substantial sums of money.

“You have to help me out if you don’t want me to ruin your career,” Brian France alleges his ex-wife told him during one telephone conversation.

“I’ve got a big lifestyle, including the apartment in Paris I need to buy. Charlotte is a small community – NASCAR central – and I can find ways to do what I need to do. And if you don’t care now, you’ll surely care by the time these calls get out.”

Brian France sued his former wife, Megan France, in federal court in April, accusing her of tape recording telephone conversations to extort money from him. More ...

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